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John H. Stout, shareholder and co-chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Corporate Governance GroupSustainability & Social Responsibility Group and Artificial Intelligence (AI) working group, was named a member of the 2018 (Real) Power 50 by Minnesota Business magazine. Recognized as “the linchpins of their companies and the connectors in their industries,” members are selected from the Minnesota business community by local business leaders and (Real) Power 50 alumni.

The members of The (Real) Power 50 will be celebrated during a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on Thursday, April 26, 2018. For information on nomination criteria and the awards ceremony, visit

Stout is a past Chair of the American Bar Association's Corporate Governance Committee. He advises executives, boards and individual directors and officers of for-profit and nonprofit organizations on a variety of domestic and international governance matters, including sustainability (ESG) and corporate social responsibility (CSR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) oversight, internal investigations, performance improvement, and the legal implications of business strategies and decisions. He has served as an expert witness on governance matters in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Stout serves as a director of several nonprofit and for-profit corporations. He is a former director of the Center for International Private Enterprise, Washington, D.C., the National Association of Corporate Directors (and co-founder of its Minnesota Chapter), and a former trustee of Carleton College. He is an adjunct professor, teaching a governance course at the University of St. Thomas Law School and frequently writes and speaks on corporate governance matters. Stout is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American College of Governance Counsel. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Corporate Governance from Twin Cities Business.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.


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